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Spore Counts – Update 22.02.2018

Monitor Farms Hunterville River Flats – Site 1: 5,000 (2 Feb), 10,000 (15 Feb) – Site 2: 10,000 (2 Feb), 40,000 (15 Feb) – Site 3: 60,000 (2 Feb), 60,000 (15 Feb) – Site 4: 60,000 (2 Feb), – Site 5: 20,000 (2 Feb), 15,000 (15 Feb) Turakina Valley Road – Site 1: 35,000 (30 […]

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Brucellosis Outbreak

Each year we test a large proportion of clients rams and each year we get asked if ram testing is still necessary. We believe the answer is still yes and the identification this year of a ram flock with brucellosis certainly supports our view (18 out of 50 rams culled at this point!!). We also […]

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Look after those vaccines

Last month we mentioned dips and drenches, this month it is the turn of vaccines. Vaccines tend to be much more complicated formulations than either dips or drenches and it is very important that they are handled correctly. All vaccines should be refrigerated (not frozen!) at all times. This means using cold packs and chilly […]

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Weeds in Crops

Driving around the country and talking to clients it seems that high weed burdens are a problem in some summer crops. Some of these weeds may be a threat to stock health especially where crops have poor palatability and introduced stock graze the weed in preference to the crop. (This situation is most likely to […]

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Changing Times

New Zealand farmers, up until recent times, have been lucky to farm in a country where animal diseases, noxious weeds and pests found in other parts of the world weren’t a threat. Unfortunately this ‘favourable status’ seems to be being eroded at an ever increasing rate. Mycoplasma bovis is just the latest example of the […]

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NAIT Compliance

Apart from highlighting the threats a new disease such as mycoplasma poses, this outbreak has also exposed the flaws in the NAIT system and the number of stock transactions that have not been recorded properly or gone unrecorded! The authorities involved with running NAIT have egg on their face and without doubt they will be […]

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Spore Counts 01.02.2018

 Monitor Farms Hunterville River Flats – no tests done to date Turakina Valley Road – Site 1: 35,000 – Site 2: 120,000 – Site 3: 0 (17 Jan), 10,000 (29 Jan), 10,000 (31 Jan) Hunterville Main Road – 30,000 (31 Jan) Ohingaiti River Flats – Site 1: 5,000 (24 Jan) – Site 2: 5,000 (24 Jan) […]

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Facial Eczema

We have now had some heat and moisture which will lead to a flush of spore development. If heat and moisture continue through January spore counts will begin to rise and eczema may be a threat this season. We will begin spore counting from mid January. Contact the Clinic or look at our website for […]

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Foetal Aging

January is an excellent month to scan cows if you want to identify the cows in calf to AI especially where records of bull matings are not great. Please ring the clinic to discuss appropriate timing if you wish to foetal age your herd. PS; Foetal aging can be very useful for beef herds in […]

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Yersinia in Calves

We have had one or two cases of hand reared weaner cattle scouring and losing weight rapidly which have been confirmed as being due to Yersinia infection. This bacteria causes enteritis and scours which can kill calves if left untreated. The disease can also be quite infectious and can affect several animals in a line […]

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